Foundation Stage – Reception

Children are admitted to school in the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls. All children start Reception class in September. Pupils continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Their learning is achieved through both adult led and child initiated experiences.

Reception pupils always go first to eat their lunch and then play in their own early years area. In the Summer term they join the older pupils in the playground and on the field.

A typical day in Reception:

08.55  Fine motor skills
09.20  Adult led Phonics
09.40  Child Initiated Play (CIP)
10.50  Snack/Child Initiated Play
11.10  Adult led
11.30  Prepare for lunch time
13.00  Register, adult led
13.30  Child Initiated Play (CIP)
15.00  Adult led story
15.15  Home time

Child Initiated Play (CIP) includes indoor and outdoor play activities.

Foundation Outdoor Learning

After carrying out pupil voice and visiting other settings, we have extended the outdoor learning area.

Whilst it primarily offers more physically challenging equipment, the sheltered area and imitation grass offers all-year round high quality provision.

Starting Reception Powerpoint Presentation

What to expect, when?
Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

children in playground

We will be offering visits to the school for prospective September 2022 intake Reception parents on the following dates:-
Thursday 21st October 2021 – 9.15am
Tuesday 9th November 2021 – 9.15am
Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 9.15am
Tuesday 7th December 2021 – 9.15am
Thursday 13th January 2022 – 9.15am
The tours will last for approximately 1 hour and should you wish to book a place, please contact the school office on 01442 866249 or email
and provide a contact phone number in case of any cancellations.

(please note due to current Government guidelines we are restricting visits to just one parent, that parent needs to wear a mask on the school grounds and is required to have a negative Lateral Flow Test on the morning of their visit)